A senior FBI agent whom Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) accused of shutting down the investigation of Hunter Biden’s laptop resigned.
Timothy Thibault was assistant special agent in charge at the FBI’s Washington Field Office until recent whistleblower allegations led Grassley to spotlight him. After the senator’s public claims about Thibault’s alleged bias against former President Donald Trump, Thibault was removed from that top agency spot.
Thibault, through his attorneys, strongly refuted claims that he had been fired.
The Daily Wire further reported:
Timothy Thibault’s attorneys at the firm Morrison & Foerster released a statement on behalf of their client on Tuesday evening. The attorneys claimed that Thibault freely resigned his position at the bureau and denied reports that the former assistant special agent in charge of the Washington Field Office had been forced out, or that he was escorted out of office by FBI agents.
“Mr. Thibault was not fired, not forced to retire, and not asked to retire. On his last day, as part of his processing, Mr. Thibault turned in his security badge and walked with two long-time special agent friends through the field office to finish processing his paperwork. He walked out of the building by himself,” a statement from Thibault’s attorneys and posted online by CBS News correspondent Catherine Herridge said.
Thibault came under scrutiny after Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA), the top Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, revealed a number of partisan social media posts in May that Thibault made to his accounts on Twitter and LinkedIn. The posts targeted former President Donald Trump and former Attorney General Bill Barr. Grassley said the posts potentially ran afoul of federal law and department policy on partisan behavior.
“There have been allegations that his social media posts violated the Hatch Act, and those allegations are being investigated by the Office of Special Counsel. Mr. Thibault is cooperating with that investigation, urges the office to complete its review, and expects to be fully exonerated,” the statement said.
In July, Grassley further revealed, based on FBI whistleblower accounts, allegations that Thibault “removed or watered-down” references to “left-wing entities” that were the source of much of the foundation of a request to open an investigation into former President Donald Trump’s 2020 campaign.
Theories suggest Thibault resigned rather than be faced with the fate of Andrew McCabe who was fired from his FBI job the day before he became eligible to retire. McCabe had his pension fully restored by the Biden administration in 2021 so that theory seems unlikely to be relevant.